"This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: that ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation." 2 Peter 3:1-4
There are scoffers today alright. I was watching a program produced by an atheist. It was anti-religious and anti-Christ. The commentator interviewed Christians and Jews and then ran selected sound bites attempting to reveal how utterly incompetent believers are. He misquoted almost everyone, made fun of the older women, ministry leaders and priests and it was obvious his intent was to belittle and ultimately dismiss men and women of faith as complete and utter idiots.
I know that it is the times we are in and I know that the unbelieving world hates us and loathes the thought that those with faith might just know what they are talking about. What I don't understand is why the unbelieving world is so bent on making those who do have faith look so bad? What is it that causes them to say such awful things about people they don't know? Why do they denounce people of faith? I'll tell you why.
The unbelieving world are meddlers. They have no faith and no hope of their own, so they demean others to stoke their own ego. They have no vision and most of them believe that there is no purpose for their existence except to fill themselves up and then die. They meddle for something to do. I would say that that is not a very productive lifestyle. Why bother passing on tradition or cultural excellence if when you die it is the end? Why bother establishing stability for future generations? There's just no incentive to provide for others now or in the future if you only believe in yourself.
The unbelieving world are superficial. They are always talking big like they are in the know when they don't have a clue about the most important part of life as a whole, the spiritual component. They claim to trust science, but when science reveals something that the Bible has said was true all along, they conveniently deny those facts; They trust in the scientific community as long as the science doesn't agree with scripture; a sort of pick and choose science.
The unbelieving world is hateful They are always trying to find ways to disgrace someone or make fun of them or to uncover their shortcomings. It makes them feel important, knowledgeable and or course right. But building your own self up on the backs of others is hardly noteworthy, nor is it admirable. They scoff at the simple words of faith while they promote lies and untruths about: Biblical facts, our founding fathers and their faith, who Jesus is, the power of faith in medicine and healing, the power of faith in world history. They say awful things about good people and try to pass laws expelling any reference to Jesus simply because they are hateful.
The unbelieving world is desperate. They have no hope, no Saviour, no inner peace, no eternity vision. Their hope is in their own mind, limited and profoundly self-aggrandizing. They find peace in nothing so they have to be vigilant to hurt others feelings. They take delight in passing laws that strip people of faith their rights, while they promote their own rights to do so. Hypocrites at best, liars and mean-spirited lovers of themselves. They are desperate because they have no hope for the future or a willingness to learn something new because they are satisfied with the inferiority that comes with ignorance and reduced responsibility.
The unbelieving world is lost. They are spiritually dead. They trust in themselves and beyond that they get their kicks form others who identify with them. Serious unbelievers have made a religion for themselves. They preach, they follow, they teach, they train, they promote and they advertise.
The unbelieving world has been around since the beginning. So have men and women of faith. We are called to be compassionate to those who hate us and to be tolerant of those who believe differently or in the case of atheist, believe in atheism. We are to love those who despitefully use us and stand against us and to lend them a cheek to smack if necessary. We are to pray for them and do what we can to bless them. That's right to bless them that curse us is a Christian attribute. Despite what they do to us, we are to do to them what Christ has done for us, to forgive them.
This blog was inspired by Bill Maher in his childish ploy to discredit Christianity in his movie/docudrama, Religulous.